Saturday, June 05, 2004

The Calgary Sun: Child-killer faces boot

The Calgary Sun: Child-killer faces boot

Thu, June 3, 2004
Child-killer faces boot
Parole would mean quick deportation for mom convicted of manslaughter


EDMONTON -- If illegal alien Rie Fujii is successful in her bid for parole this morning, she'll be saying goodbye to her cell in the Edmonton Institution for women and hello to a new set of grey bars. Fujii, now 26, was sent to prison in the fall of 2002 after pleading guilty to manslaughter for the deaths of her children, Gemini, three months, and Domenic, 15 months.

Fujii left the kids alone while going on a 10-day sex romp with her boyfriend.

In her first parole bid, she'll try to convince the board she's a changed woman and deserving of an early release.

If the board agrees and releases Fujii, she will be whisked straight to the Edmonton Remand Centre where she'll await a one-way flight back to Japan.

"As a rule, we try to get them out as fast as we can," said Randy Gurlock, spokesman for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Fujii was ordered deported Sept. 18, 2002, just nine days after she was sentenced to the equivalent of eight years behind bars.

Prior to that, she'd been in the country illegally after her 1997 visitor's visa expired.

"In general terms, when a person is incarcerated and subject to removal, we place a detaining order on them," he said.

That means when the con gets out of prison, he or she goes straight into the custody of the CBSA.

Justice Peter Martin sentenced Fujii to eight years in prison, but allowed her credit for time spent behind bars while awaiting trial.

That effectively gave her a 5 1/2-year prison term.

While the parole board may forgive her today, the father of the two children said it will be tougher for him to do the same.

"Forgiveness will be something I have to learn," Peter Brown, a self-admitted petty crook, wrote the Sun in a letter that was previously penned from the Calgary Remand Centre.

Brown was on Calgary streets when Fujii was with a new boyfriend in his father's Cochrane home.

"Her actions were both cruel and negligent, forgiveness will be hard to come by," Brown said.

Gurlock said his agency has closely tracked the Fujii case and will be ready to act if and when she is released.


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